Student-Athletes Connected in New Program
    Athletes connect with mentors and training
    Athletes connect with mentors and training

    Oct. 6, 2010

    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State Athletics recently agreed to a multi-year partnership with Career Athletes. The partnership between Career Athletes and the Fresno State athletic department provides a national representation of unique networking opportunities and career development resources for current and alumni athletes.

    "The mission of the Bulldog Foundation, the fundraising unit for Fresno State Athletics, is to support student-athletes as they strive for excellence in the classroom, in competition, and in life 'beyond the game,'"Andrea Alires, a Development Associate for the Fresno State Bulldog Foundation, said. "We are excited about the opportunities our former student-athletes will have through the partnership with Career Athletes."

    Over the past 12 years, Career Athletes has conducted over 900 training and development seminars at universities throughout the country providing much needed career education for over 260,000 student-athletes.

    "As we strive to boost membership to our former student-athlete organization, Club Red, Career Athletes will assist us in keeping former Bulldogs engaged with our institution and athletics program," Alires, who is also a former Bulldog student-athlete added.

    In addition to their proprietary training and development seminars, Career Athletes builds and maintains customized career networking web sites for individual university athletic departments providing additional career education, mentors, access to career opportunities and potential employers upon graduation, and a platform to connect with athletic alumni who are encouraged to join the network as mentors and/or job seekers.

    "It's obvious that the administration at Fresno State cares about its student-athletes beyond their playing days and graduation, and we are excited to be partnered with such an outstanding institution," said Chris Smith CEO and President of Career Athletes. "Due to the demanding nature of collegiate athletics, these athletes face a unique set of challenges regarding career development not typically experienced by the general student-body. The current economic environment will provide even greater challenges for today's student-athletes to overcome, making career development more important than ever."

    About Career Athletes, LLC:

    Career Athletes is the leading provider of a wide range of dedicated career development services and software within collegiate athletics. Since the inception of our roots back in 1998-to-date, athletes in every sport, from over 1,200 individual colleges and universities nationwide, have utilized Career Athletes as a valuable tool in their transition from athletics to the workplace. Career Athletes possesses the largest member based community of current/alumni student-athletes, representing a growing legion of athletes, athletic departments and hundreds of national, regional and local employers. Today, our on-campus training and development seminars to student-athletes are the most relied upon in the nation, with over 900 seminars conducted and over 260,000 student-athletes educated on-campus within college athletic departments at the NCAA, NAIA and Junior Colleges level.

    "We Are Your Team!" - The Bulldog Foundation has launched the "Drive to Five," a membership campaign with a goal to increase the number of Bulldog Foundation members from 2,800 to 5,000 by September of 2011. Please help us reach this goal by spreading the word to your family, friends, and other Bulldog fans in the community. Memberships start at only $100 and payment plans are available. Increasing the Bulldog Foundation membership to 5,000 members will provide new resources that will directly benefit Fresno State Athletics and all 450 student-athletes.

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